English literature(1)

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English literature(1)

    English literature

Students of English are required to read literature in English regularly

    throughout their studies so that by the end of your studies you should

    have read at least 16 (Grund-und Hauptschule) / 18 (Realschule) full-thlength works. Among these should be at least three works from the 17 - th19 century, two plays and no more than five young-adult (YA) novels.

    The following list is meant as a guide only. The list also includes short-

    story and poetry collections. One collection counts as one “full-length” work. If you read other books, you may, of course, include them on your

    personal list.

I. Novels thth17 19 century

    British Isles

    Austen, Jane, Pride and Prejudice (Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park) Ballantyne, R(obert) M(ichael), Coral Island

    Bronte, Emily, Wuthering Heights

    Bronte, Charlotte, Jane Eyre

    Carroll, Lewis, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

    Collins, Wilkie, The Moonstone, The Woman in White Defoe, Daniel, Robinson Crusoe

    Dickens, Charles, Oliver Twist (David Copperfield, Hard Times, Great Expectations; Bleak House)

    Eliot, George (Mary Ann Evans), Middlemarch

    Fielding, Henry, Tom Jones

    Hardy, Thomas, Jude the Obscure (Tess of the D’Urbervilles)

    Richardson, Samuel, Pamela

    Scott, Sir Walter, Ivanhoe (Waverley,The Heart of Midlothian)

    Smollet, Tobias, The Adventures of Roderick Random Shelley, Mary, Frankenstein

    Sterne, Lawrence, Tristram Shandy

    Stevenson, R.L., Treasure Island (Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde)

    Swift, Jonathan, Gulliver’s Travels

    Thackeray, William, Vanity Fair

    Wilde, Oscar, The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Wyss ,J.D. Swiss Family Robinson


    Chopin, Kate, The Awakening

    Cooper, James Fennimore, The Pioneers (The Last of the Mohicans) Crane, Stephen, The Red Badge of Courage

    Dreiser, Theodor, Sister Carrie

    Hawthorne, Nathaniel, The Scarlet Letter

    Irving, Washington, Rip van Winkle (Sleepy Hollow)

    James, Henry, The Portrait of a Lady

    Melville, Herman, Moby Dick

    Stowe, Harriet Beecher, Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Twain, Mark, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (The Prince and the Pauper)

     thst 21 century 20

    British Isles

    Ali, Monica, Brick Lane

    Amis, Kingsley, Lucky Jim

    Banville, John, Birchwood (The Sea)

    Barnes, Julian, England, England

    Bennett, Alan, The Uncommon Reader

    Burgess, Anthony, A Clockwork Orange

    Byatt, Antonia, Possession (A Whistling Woman) Chatwin, Bruce, The Songlines (The Black Hills) Conrad, Joseph, Heart of Darkness (Lord Jim) Doyle, Arthur Conan, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Roddy, The Barrytown Trilogy (The Snapper) Faulks, Sebastian, Birdsong, Charlotte Gray

    Fielding, Helen, Bridget Jones’s Diary

    Forster, E.M., Howards End, Room with a View Fowles, John, The French Lieutenant’s Woman

    Frayn, Michael, Spies

    Golding, William, Lord of the Flies

    Greene, Graham, The Power and the Glory (The Heart of the Matter)

    Hornby, Nick, High Fidelity (Fever Pitch, About a Boy, A Long Way Down)

    Huxley, Aldous, Brave New World

    Ishiguro, Kazuo, The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer: Heat and Dust

    Joyce, James, Ulysses (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man)

    Kipling, Rudyard, Kim

    Lawrence, D.H., Sons and Lovers (Women in Love)

    Lessing, Doris, The Golden Notebook, The Fifth Child Lewycka, Marina: A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian Lodge, David, Changing Places (Nice Work,Author, Author, The British Museum is

    Falling Down)

    MacLaverty, Bernard, Cal (Lamb, Grace Notes, Anatomy School) Manning, Olivia,The Balkan Trilogy

    McCourt, Frank, Angela’s Ashes (Teacher Man)

    McEwan, Ian, Amsterdam (Atonement; Saturday; On Cecil Beach) Orwell, George, 1984

    Rushdie, Salman, The Satanic Verses (Midnight Children) Scott, Paul, The Raj Quartet, Staying on

    Seth, Vikram, Two Lives, A Suitable Boy

    Sillitoe, Alan, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Smith, Zadie, White Teeth

    Spark, Muriel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Tolkien, J.R.R., The Lord of the Rings (The Hobbit) Wells, H.G., The Time Machine

    Woolf, Virginia, Mrs Dalloway (Orlando, To the Lighthouse)


    Acosta, Oscar Zeta, The Revolt of the Cockroach People Alexie, Sherman, Reservation Blues (The Lone Ranger or Tonto Fistfight in Heaven)

    Anaya, Rudolpho, Bless Me, Ultima

    Auster, Paul, Moon Palace (Brooklyn Follies) Baldwin, James, Go Tell It on the Mountains Bellow, Saul, Herzog (The Adventures of Augie March) Boyle, T.C., Tortilla Curtain

    Capote, Truman, In Cold Blood

    Carter, Stephen L., The Emperor of Ocean Park Cisneros, Sandra, Caramelo (House on Mango Street) Crane, Hart, The Bridge

    Diaz, Junot, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Doctorov E. L., Ragtime, (The March)

    Dos Passos, John, USA Trilogy

    Dreiser, Theodore, Sister Carrie

    Ellison, Ralph, Invisible Man

    Erdrich, Louise, Beet Queen, (Love Medicine; The Master Butcher’s Singing Club) Eugenides, Jeffrey Middlesex (The Virgin Suicides) Faulkner, William, The Sound and the Fury (As I Lay Dying) Fitzgerald, F.Scott, The Great Gatsby

    Foer, Jonathan, Everything is Illuminated (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)

    Franzen, Jonathan, The Corrections

    Guterson, David, Snow Falling on Cedars

    Hegi, Ursula, Stones from the River

    Heller, Joseph, Catch-22

    Hemingway, Ernest, The Sun Also Rises (For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to


    Hillerman, Tony, The Leaphorn Mysteries (The Blessing Way, Dance Hall of the

    Dead, Skinwalkers)

    Hong Kingston, Maxime, Woman Warrior

    Hosseini, Khaled, The Kite Runner; A Thousand Splendid Suns Hurston, Zora Neale, Their Eyes Were Watching God Hustvedt, Siri, What I Loved

    Kesey, Ken, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Kinkaid, Jamaica, Lucy (Annie John)

    Lahiri, Jumpha, The Namesake

    Lee, Harper, To Kill a Mockingbird

    London, Jack, Call of the Wild

    Malamud, Bernhard, The Assistant

    McCarthy, Mary, The Group

    McCullers, Carson, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

    Momoday, Scott, House Made of Dawn

    Nabokov, Vladimir, Lolita

    Morrison, Toni, Beloved (Mercy)

    Oates, Joyce Carol, Bellefleur (Them)

    Piercey, Marge, Woman at the Edge of Time Plath, Silvia, The Bell Jar

    Pynchon, Thomas, Gravity’s Rainbow

    Roth, Philip, The Human Stain; (Indignation; The Humbling)

    Salinger, Jerome David, The Catcher in the Rye

Shriver, Lionel, We Need to Talk About Kevin

    Silko, Leslie Marmon, Ceremony

    Steinbeck, John, The Grapes of Wrath; Of Mice and Men

    Styron, William, The Confessions of Nat Turner (Sophie’s Choice)

    Tan, Amy, The Joy Luck Club

    Tyler, Anne, The Accidental Tourist

    Updike, John, Rabbit, Run

    Vonnegut, Kurt, Slaughterhouse Five

    Walker, Alice, The Color Purple (Meridian)

    Welch, James, The Indian Lawyer (Winter in the Blood)

    Wharton, Edith, Ethan Frome, The Age of Innocence

    Wright, Richard, Native Son

II. Short Stories

    Short stories by Sherman Alexie, Sherwood Anderson, James Baldwin, Donald Barthelme, Saul Bellow, Ambrose Bierce, T. C. Boyle, Raymond Carver, John Cheever, Kate Chopin, Louis Chu, Sandra Cisneros, Stephen Crane, Margaret Drabble, Louise Erdrich, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Nadine Gordimer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, Washington Irving, Shirley Jackson, James Joyce, Jamaica Kincaid, Jumpha Lahiri, D.H. Lawrence, Ursula LeGuin, Doris Lessing, Bernard MacLaverty, Bernard Malamud, Katherine Mansfield, William Somerset Maugham, Herman Melville, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O‟Connor, Tillie Olsen, Jane Anne Philips, Edgar Allan Poe, Katherine Anne Porter, Leslie Silko, Isaac B. Singer, James Thurber, Mark Twain, Alice Walker, Eudora Welty, Virginia Woolf, …

Butzko, Ellen (ed.), Caught between Cultures

III. Plays

     British Isles

    Ayckbourn, Alan, Absurd Person Singular

    Beckett, Samuel, Waiting for Godot (Endgame)

    Bond, Edward, Saved

    Brenton, Howard, Bloody Poetry

    Churchill, Caryl, Top Girls

    Eliot, T.S., Murder in the Cathedral

    Frayn, Michael, Copenhagen

    Hare, David, Teeth ‘n Smile, The Power of Yes

    Osborne, John, Look Back in Anger

    Pinter, Harold, The Birthday Party (The Caretaker, The Dumb Waiter)

    Shaffer, Peter, Amadeus

    Shakespeare, William, Tragedies (Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Othello, Macbeth, King

    Lear, …)

    Shakespeare, William, Comedies (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It,The

    Merchant of Venice, Much Ado about Nothing, …)

    Shaw, G.B., Pygmalion (Saint Joan)

    Stoppard, Tom, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Synge, J.M., The Playboy of the Western World

    Thomas, Dylan, Under Milk Wood

Wilde, Oscar, The Importance of Being Earnest


    Albee, Edward, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Baldwin, James, Blues for Mr. Charlie

    Hansberry, Lorraine, A Raisin in the Sun Jones, LeRoi (Baraka, Amiri), The Slave

    Kopit, Arthur, Indians

    Kushner, Tony, Angels in America Mamet, David, Glengarry Glen Ross, (Oleanna)

    Miller, Arthur, Death of a Salesman,The Crucible

    Norman, Masha, „night Mother

    O'Neill, Eugene, A Long Day's Journey into Night

    Shepard, Sam, Buried Child (True West) Uhry, Alfred, Driving Miss Daisy Wasserstein, Wendy, The Heidi Chronicles Wilder, Thornton, Our Town

    Williams, Tennessee, A Streetcar Named Desire, (The Glass Menagerie) Wilson, August, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences

IV. Poetry

    Arnold, Matthew, Poems

    Auden, W.H., Poems

    Blake, William, Songs of Innocence and Experience

    Browning, Elizabeth, Poems

    Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, Lyrical Ballads Cummings, E.E., The Complete Poems

    Dickinson, Emily, Poems

    Eliot, T.S., The Waste Land

    Frost, Robert, Poems

    Ginsberg, Allen, Kaddish and Other Poems Heaney, Seamus, Poems (Bye Child)

    Hopkins, Gerard Manley, Poems

    Hughes, Langston, The Dream Keeper Keats, John, Poems

    Plath, Sylvia, The Collossus

    Poe, Edgar Allan, Poems

    Wordsworth, William, Lyrical Ballads Whitman, Walt, Leaves of Grass

    Sexton, Anne, Live or Die

    Shakespeare, William, Sonnets

    Shelley, Percy Bysshe, Poems

    Spenser, Edmund, The Faerie Queen Stevens, Wallace, Collected Poems Tennyson, Alfred Lord, In Memoriam

    Thomas, Dylan, Collected Poems

    Williams, William Carlos, Selected Poems Yeats, William Butler, Collected Poems

V. Literature from other English speaking countries


    West and East Africa

    Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart

    Aidoo, Ama Ata, The Dilemma of a Ghost

    Naidoo, Beverley, The Other Side of Truth (Chain of Fire)

    Okigboe, Ifeanyichuku Christopher, Collected Poems

    Okri, Ben, Songs of Enchantment

    P‟Bitek, Okot, Song of Lawino (The Horn of My Love) Soyinka; Wole, Death and the King’s Horseman

    Thiong‟o, Ngugi Wa, Petals of Blood

South Africa

    Gordimer, Nadine, Burger’s Daughter

    Fugard, Athol, Blood Knot and other Plays

    Coetzee, John Maxwell, Disgrace; (Life and Times of Michael K) Slovo, Gillian, Red Dust


    Carey, Peter, Oscar and Lucinda (Illywhacker, The True History of the Ned Kelley


    Grenville, Kate, The Secret River (Searching for the Secret River, The Lieutenant)

    Malouf, David, Johnny

    Marsden, John, Letters from the Inside (YA)

    Moloney, James, Angela (Gracey)(YA)

    Richardson, Henry Handel, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony (Ned Kelley)

    White, Patrick, Voss


    Atwood, Margaret, The Blind Assassin (The Handmaid’s Tale, Surfacing, Alias Grace) Davies, Robertson, The Deptford Trilogy

    Highway, Tomson, The Rez Sisters

    Martell, Yann, Life of Pi

    Montgomery, Lucy Maud, Anne of Green Gables

    Munroe, Alice, The Moons of Jupiter

    Ondatjee, Michael, The English Patient


    Braithwaited, Edward Kamau, The Arrivants

    Diaz, Junot, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Naipaul, V.S., The Enigma of Arrival (A House for Mr. Biswas; Half a Life)

    Philips, Caryl, Cambridge

    Rhys, Jean, Sargasso Sea

    Senior, Olice, Summer Lightning and Other Stories Walcot, Derek, Omeros (Collected Poems)

India and Pakistan

    Adiga, Aravind: White Tiger; Between Assassinations Anand, Mulk Raj, Untouchable

    Desai, Anita, Clear Light of Day

    Desai, Kiran,The Inheritance of Loss

    Hamid, Mohsin, The Reluctant Fundamentalist Kapur, Manju: Difficult Daughters

    Lahiri, Jumpha, The Namesake (Interpreter of Maladies) Mistry, Rohinton, A Fine Balance

    Narayan, R.K., The Guide (God’s Little Soldiers)

    Rai, Bali, (Un-)Arranged Marriage

    Rao, Raja, The Serpent and the Rope (Kanthapura) Roy, Arundhati, The God of Small Things

    Whelan, Gloria, Homeless Bird

New Zealand

    Frame, Janet, Living in the Maniototo

    Grace, Patricia, Potiki

    Hulme, Keri, The Bone People

    Ihimaera, Witi Tame, The Matriarch

    Jones, Lloyd, Mr Pip

    Mahy, Margaret, Memory (YA)

    Wendt, Albert, Leaves on the Bayan Tree

VI. Non-fiction (Travel literature, autobiographies, biographies, memoirs,

    interviews, journals)

    Ambrose, Stephen, Undaunted Courage

    Angelou, Maya, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Bakeless, John (ed.), The Journals of Lewis and Clark Bradford, William, Of Plymouth Plantation

    Bryson, Bill, Notes from a Small Island, Made in America, …

    Bukowski, Charles: Ham on Rye

    Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar Nunez, The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca Chatwin, Bruce, In Patagonia (Anatomy of Restlessness) Coetzee, J.M., Youth

    Corwin, Miles, And Still We Rise

    Dahl, Roald, Boy

    De Crevecoeur, Jean Letters from an American Farmer (III. What is an American?)

    Didion, Joan, The White Album

    Dirie, Waris, Desert Flower

    Douglass, Frederick, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

    Du Bois, W.E.B., The Souls of Black Folk

    Eisenstein, Bernice, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

    Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Nature

    Franklin, Benjamin, The Autobiography

    Fitzherbert, Katrin: True to Both Myselves

    Hegi, Ursula, Tearing the Silence

    Hoffman, Eva, Lost in Translation

    Jacobs, Harriet, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Johnston, Lou Ann, Dangerous Minds

    Kerouac, Jack, On the Road

    King, Martin Luther, Letter from Birmingham Jail ( I Have a Dream)

    Kluger, Ruth, Still Alive

    Lincoln, Abraham, The Gettysbury Address

    Macolm X, Macolm X

    McCourt Frank, Angela’s Ashes (‘Tis; Teacher Man)

Myers, Walter Dean, Bad Boy

    Obama, Barack, Dreams from my Father

    Obama, Barack, The Audacity of Hope

    Raban, Jonathan, Hunting Mister Heartbreak.

    Rodriguez, Luis, Always Running

    Rodriguez, Richard, Hunger of Memory

    Sanghera, Jasvinder, Shame

    Singer, Isaac, Love and Exile

    Theroux, Paul, The Great Railway Bazaar,The Kingdom by the Sea Thoreau, Henry, Civil Disobedience (Walden)

    Turner, Frederick J., The Significance of the Frontier in American History

    Twain, Mark, The Innocents Abroad

    Uchida, Yoshiko, Journey to Topaz: A Story of Japanese-American Evacuation

    Wiesel, Elie, Night

    Wright, Richard, Black Boy

    VII. Children’s Literature and Young Adult Literature/Teenage Fiction (old and modern)

    Aiken, Joan: Midnight is a Place

    Alcott, Louisa, Little Women

    Alexie, Sherman, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian Almond, David, Skellig

    Andersen, Laurie Halse, Fever 1793 (Speak)

    Baum, Frank L., The Wizard of Oz

    Boyne, John: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

    Burnett Hodgson, Frances, The Secret Garden (A Little Princess, Little Lord


    Carroll, Lewis, Alice in Wonderland

    Chbosky, Stephen, The Perks of Being a Wallflower Colgan, Trevor, The Stretford Enders

    Cooper, Susan, King of Shadows

    Cormier, Robert, The Chocolate War (I Am the Cheese) Crew, Linda, Children of the River

    Curtis, Christopher Paul, The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

    Cushman, Karen, Catherine Called Birdy

    Dahl, Roald, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mathilda, Witches …)

    DiCamillo, Kate, The Tale of Despereaux

    Doherty, Berlie, Dear Nobody (The Snake Stone, Children of Winter, Street Child; Deep Secret, Abela )

    Dowd, Siobhan, The London Eye Mystery (A Swift Pure Cry) Erdrich, Louise, The Birchbank House. (The Game of Silence)

    Emecheta, Buchi, The Moonlight Bride.

    Fleischman, Paul, Seedfolks (Bull Run)

    Frost, Helen, Keesha’s House (Spinning Through the Universe; The Braid)

    Gaiman, Neil, Coraline, The Graveyard Book

    Gavin, Jamila, Coram Boy

    George, Elizabeth Craighead, The Witch of Blackbird Pond; Julie and the Wolves

    Graham, Kenneth, The Wind in the Willows

    Haddon, Mark, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Heneghan, James, Torn Away (Wish Me Luck, The Grave; Payback) Henkes, Kevin, Olive’s Ocean

    Herrick, Steven: A Simple Gift (By the River) Hesse, Karen, Out of the Dust (Letters from Rifka, Witness, A Light in the Storm)

    Hobbs, Will, Crossing the Wire

    Holm, Jennifer: Boston Jane

    Horowitz, Anthony: Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Series) Irwin, Hadley, Kim/Kimi

    Jaramillo, Ann: La Linéa

    Larson, Kirby: Hattie Big Sky

    Lasky, Kathryn, Beyond the Great Divide. Levoy, Myron, Alan and Naomi

    Lewis, C.S., The Chronicles of Narnia

    Lowry, Lois, The Giver (Gathering Blue, Messenger, Silent Boy, Number the Stars;

    The Willoughbys .)

    Lutzeier, Elizabeth, Bound for America.

    MacDonald, George, At the Back of the North Wind Magorian, Michelle, Good Night, Mr. Tom.

    Meier, Stephenie: Twilight

    Milne, A. A., The House at Pooh Corner

    Moloney, James: Angela

    Montgomery, L. M., Anne of Green Gables

    Morpurgo, Michael: War Stories of Conflict Myers, Walter Dean, Monster

    Nelson, Blake, Paranoid Park

    Nicholson, William, The Wind Singer

    Norton, Mary, The Borrowers

    Oates, Joyce Carol, Big Mouth and Ugly Girl (Freaky Green Eyes; Sexy)

    O‟Dell, Scott, My Name Is Not Angelica.

    Patterson, Katherine, Lyddie

    Paolini, Christopher, Eragon

    Paulsen, Gary, Soldier’s Heart (Hatchet)

    Peck, Richard, A Long Way From Chicago (A Year Down Under)

    Potter, Beatrix, The Complete Tales

    Pullman, Philip, The Dark Materials (also available as a play) Taylor, Mildred, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry (The Road to Memphis)

    Rai, Bali, (Un-)Arranged Marriage

    Rees, Celia, Witch Child

    Rockport, Joyce: To Spoil the Sun

    Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

    Sachar, Louis, Holes

    Sedgewick, Marcus, The Foreshadowing

    Sleator, William, House of Stairs

    Snicket, Lemony, The Bad Beginning

    Strasser, Todd: Give a Boy a Gun

    Swindells, Robert, Abomination (Stone Cold) Tolkien, J.R.R., The Hobbit

    Trueman, Terry, Inside Out (Stuck in Neutral; No Right Turn)

    Voigt, Cynthia, Homecoming

    Walsh, Jill Paton, A Parcel of Patterns

    Whelan, Gloria, Homeless Bird

    Wilder, Laura Ingalls, Little House in the Big Woods Wilson, Angela, The First Part Last

Woodson, Jacqueline, Locomotion

    Yep, Laurence, Dragonwings, (Dragon’s Gate )

    Yolen, Jane, The Devil’s Arithmetic

    Zusak, Markus, The Book Thief

Young Adult Short Story Collections (edited by)

    Bode, Janet: Death is Hard to Live With Cart, Michael: Tomorrowland

    Cresswell, Helen: The Puffin Book of Funny Stories Gallo, Donald: Ultimate Sports

    Horowitz, Anthony: The Puffin Book of Horror Stories

    Scieszka, Jon: Guys Read

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